See Splendid Sembawang's Naval Black & White houses!
Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

See Splendid Sembawang's Naval Black & White houses!

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Price $85

Located at the northern most point of Singapore, Sembawang's name is said to be derived from the tree of that name & in the early twentieth century it was the site of the Nee Soon Rubber estate.

Far removed from this bucolic past, it became home to the British Royal Naval Base in the build up of Singapore's defences before WW2. Construction of the Base began in 1928 and was completed in 1938 & it included dockyards, wharves and workshops, as well as supporting administrative, residential and commercial areas; in effect, almost a self contained town.

After independence, the Naval Base was handed over to the Singapore government, which in 1968 converted it into a commercial dockyard.

But the splendid old Black & White houses built for senior Naval personnel remain, and it is they which draw us up North, along with gems like Beaulieu House, pictured above, which was built around 1910 for a family called David. Sitting right next to one of the country's last natural beaches, it's a perfect place for our refreshments stop.

Come and tread a nostalgic path with Bruce (who served with the Australian Navy at the Base in the late 1960s) as we visit the old Admiral's House, plus at least one of the wonderful Black & Whites in Kings Avenue, with its famous Japanese bridge in its garden - see photo below - as well as Beaulieu House and some other special hidden places where time really does seem to have stood still!

This tour includes return transport from Dempsey Road meeting point.

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Support our Fringe Festival - Ayer Hitam, a Black History of Singapore
Jan
19
3:00 PM15:00

Support our Fringe Festival - Ayer Hitam, a Black History of Singapore

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Price $30

In this lecture performance, actress Sharon Frese explores the history and influence of the African diaspora in Singapore.

Dredging the archives, she shares images and documents relating to slavery, colonialism, jazz and nationalist struggle, reaffirming the value of black culture as part of our shared heritage.

This event is both a history lesson and a theatrical ritual. The creators commemorate the untold numbers of black men and women—enslaved, indentured and expatriate—who crossed the oceans into unknown territory.

They draw strength from these tides, which Indian convicts called the “black water”—in Hindi “kala pani”, or in Malay “ayer hitam”.

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Thaipusam: Eve of Silver Chariot Procession
Jan
20
6:00 PM18:00

Thaipusam: Eve of Silver Chariot Procession

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20 Jan Evening plus 21 Jan Early Morning $90

20 Jan Evening (inc light supper) $50

Children under 12 Eve of plus early morning $35

One of the most vibrant, colourful, and memorable temple festivals you will ever witness, Thaipusam is a thanks-giving and penance-seeking religious event for Tamilian Hindus. In this amazing form of worship, devotees pierce their bodies with long metal skewers and carry burdens of 40 kg for four kilometres, all the while dancing to rhythmic chants.

Celebrated in only a few countries,Thaipusam in Singapore differs from the festival in India, where Hindus from the state of Tamil Nadu carry heavy milk pots — and not the cumbersome kavadis carried here. The procession is a a photographer’s paradise where light, colour and frenzy come together in vivid splendour.

On the day and evening before Thaipusam, the gods have a "family visit" with a silver chariot setting off from the temple before dawn and returning in the early evening. This return is what we will witness on this tour, after which we will "prepare" ourselves for the main festival of Thaipusam the following day — don't worry no piercings involved in those preps!

Please note we are offering this tour in two parts (Jan 20th evening & early morning Jan 21st); please ensure you register for one or both. We encourage you to come to both if at all possible.

Our eve of tour (approx 6-9pm) will start with a talk about the history and belief system behind this fascinating festival, and a look at the silver chariot procession. We'll end with a light supper.

Next day's early morning tour (6am to 9am) starts with viewing the preparation tent in the temple, and further explanation of the rites and rituals. After which, we shall walk part way with the procession. Our morning ends with a vegetarian breakfast.

For the adventurous game enough to try the entire walk of four kilometres to Tank Road, you may do so after breakfast. Our guides will be happy to show you the way.

Bring your best camera!!

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The Piercing Cultural Delights of the Thaipusam Festival Morning
Jan
21
6:00 AM06:00

The Piercing Cultural Delights of the Thaipusam Festival Morning

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20 Jan Evening plus 21 Jan Early Morning $90

21 Jan Early Morning $50

One of the most vibrant, colourful, and memorable temple festivals you will ever witness, Thaipusam is a thanks-giving and penance-seeking religious event for Tamilian Hindus. In this amazing form of worship, devotees pierce their bodies with long metal skewers and carry burdens of 40 kg for four kilometres, all the while dancing to rhythmic chants.

Celebrated in only a few countries, Thaipusam in Singapore differs from the festival in India, where Hindus from the state of Tamil Nadu carry heavy milk pots — and not the cumbersome kavadis carried here. The procession is a photographer’s paradise where light, colour and frenzy come together in vivid splendour.

Please note we are offering this tour in two parts (Jan 20th evening & early morning Jan 21st); please ensure you register for one or both. We encourage you to come to both if at all possible.

Our eve of tour on Jan 20th (approx 6-9pm) will start with a talk about the history and belief system behind this fascinating festival, and then we'll have a look at the silver chariot procession. We'll end with a light supper.

The early morning tour on Jan 21st (6am to 9am) starts with viewing the preparation tent in the temple, and further explanation of the rites and rituals. After which, we shall walk part way with the procession. Our morning ends with a vegetarian breakfast.

For the adventurous game enough to try the entire walk of 4 kilometres to Tank Road, you may do so after breakfast. Our guides will be happy to show you the route.

Bring your best camera!!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Architectural & Religious Riches of Bras Basah
Jan
22
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Architectural & Religious Riches of Bras Basah

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Price: $75 / ticket

Come with us to explore our island's oldest neighbourhood, and learn about the early pioneers who helped shape Singapore's future. Discover the rich tapestry of the Waterloo Street arts precinct, a small but vibrant area that is emblematic of Singapore's cultural and religious diversity. 

Here you'll find a synagogue, a Catholic church, a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, as well as a calligraphy centre, dance studio, visual arts gallery, street art, and much more.

Step back to a time when the La Salle Brothers founded Singapore's earliest Roman Catholic church, next to which Indian convicts built their own prison. Learn about the ambitious Irish architect who left his everlasting imprint on this fledgling colony and see some his early 19th-century works that have survived. 

And finally, you’ll wander through the fascinating and historic CHIJMES complex— a peaceful oasis, once occupied by French nuns dedicated to girls' education and the abandoned babies left to their care. And, most recently made world-famous in the wedding scene in the movie Crazy Rich Asians.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a LHOKO message to all registered. 

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Jan
29
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

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Price $75 /ticket

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today; many having been levelled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation. Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains," low-lying expanses near the coast that stretched to the sea.

We will start our journey at Keong Saik Road (a former Red Light District) and then stroll to Bukit Pasoh Road, which once known as Mistress Street. Well-known nowadays as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you its fascinating heritage side — from traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. 

We will explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain and take a lift up to the 50th floor viewing deck of “The Pinnacle” complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area and great photo opps.

After a short coffee break, we will walk through one of Singapore’s oldest HDB estates to 

the Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions of nearby Chinatown.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a LHOKO message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Jan
30
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Celebrate Chinese New Year With Us
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Celebrate Chinese New Year With Us

 Chinese New Year 2019 festive card design with cute pig, zodiac symbol of 2019 year. Chinese Translation Happy New Year, wishes of good luck (on stamp). Vector illustration.

Price $70 / ticket

Yes it's hard to believe, but Chinese New Year is just around the corner, so please join us for a walk around Chinatown to experience the build-up to this most important event in the Chinese calendar.

Learn about the different traditions and customs, and experience the festive, bedazzling atmosphere of Chinatown at its busiest! We will mix the fun and spectacle of these celebrations — 2019 is the year of the pig and all the adorable imagery that comes with it — with background history about the area, the architecture, and the general heritage of this extraordinarily important heritage district.

Our tour will end with a festive Lo Hei (tossing of the prosperity salad) in a traditional Chinese restaurant.

Please sign up quickly as we are limiting numbers to 16 and it's bound to be popular!

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200 Years of Architecture: From Neo-Palladian to Futuristic, the Development of Architecture in Singapore
Jan
31
9:00 AM09:00

200 Years of Architecture: From Neo-Palladian to Futuristic, the Development of Architecture in Singapore

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Price $90 / ticket

Singapore is a feast of architectural styles and heritage, from classic European influences to ultra modern designs inspired by great minds in Asia and the Middle East.

Starting at the Civic District, we explore the legacy of our first architect, Irishman George Coleman, who designed much of the infrastructure of Singapore in the early 19th century, as well gems such as the Armenian Church and our oldest building, the Arts House. 

We then move on to later in that century to look at the work of colonial engineers such as Major McNair and John Bennett, before heading into the early 20th century to meet R. A. J. Bidwell, the star of the firm Swan & Maclaren. Together they left an indelible mark on Singapore's heritage. The first half of the 20th century also saw the construction of such buildings as the Victoria Memorial Hall, which was reopened in 2014 after an extensive and sensitive four-year restoration, and the old Supreme Court and City Hall, now adapted for reuse as our National Gallery. 

Next we'll explore a conservation area to see how our popular, practical and beautifully restored shophouses, with their eclectic mix of influences from both East and West, developed from simple structures to extremely elegant architectural masterpieces. This area also includes some Art Deco buildings and we'll discuss the style and impact on our architecture.

And finally we'll end in the Tanjong Pagar area to admire both the Tanjong Pagar Centre development (our tallest building), plus the Oasia Downtown hotel, designed by local innovative architects WOHA, as an example of "skyrise greenery" — the use of plantings to insulate and cool buildngs more naturally. From there we can also view the iconic Pinnacle housing development, the tallest and most developed public housing on offer from the HDB (Housing Development Board).

Throughout this tour we will also discuss how Singapore's architectural development reflects our development as a country.

Please note that the first part of this tour will involve gentle walking; we'll complete the second part of our tour by air-conditioned bus, with stops en route.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year With Us
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Celebrate Chinese New Year With Us

 Chinese New Year 2019 festive card design with cute pig, zodiac symbol of 2019 year. Chinese Translation Happy New Year, wishes of good luck (on stamp). Vector illustration.

Price $70 / ticket

Yes it's hard to believe, but Chinese New Year is just around the corner, so please join us for a walk around Chinatown to experience the build-up to this most important event in the Chinese calendar.

Learn about the different traditions and customs, and experience the festive, bedazzling atmosphere of Chinatown at its busiest! We will mix the fun and spectacle of these celebrations — 2019 is the year of the pig and all the adorable imagery that comes with it — with background history about the area, the architecture, and the general heritage of this extraordinarily important heritage district.

Our tour will end with a festive Lo Hei (tossing of the prosperity salad) in a traditional Chinese restaurant.

Please sign up quickly as we are limiting numbers to 16 and it's bound to be popular!

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Saturdays 3 Tour Package: Bicentennial Special Tours Part 1, 2 & 3
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Saturdays 3 Tour Package: Bicentennial Special Tours Part 1, 2 & 3

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Price: $200 / ticket

Package for 3 Tours : Sat 9, Sat 16 & Sat 23 February

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage.

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.

Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February.

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

Part 1 on Saturday 9 February - FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES

Our journey first leads to Fort Canning Hill — an extensive and fascinating repository of Singapore’s unique history. The seat of power for centuries, it’s been instrumental in the island’s management and defences as reflected in its many names. Thirteenth-century Sumatran kings choose this hill overlooking a bustling river port as the site for their palaces, and the area demanded such exclusivity that it was known as Forbidden Hill. The legends of the Sejarah Melayu (the Malay Annals) charmed Stamford Raffles, who built his residence here to enjoy the beautiful views and cooler breezes. He also set up our first botanic gardens on Fort Canning to experiment with different plants and we can still see its legacy in the Spice Garden that thrives in today’s Singapore Botanic Gardens on Cluny Road.

Together we’ll explore both its pre-colonial and colonial history, plus its military heritage as both a fort and later a bunker HQ. We’ll also wander among the tombstones of the former Christian cemetery to hear the stories of our early pioneers.

This tour ends at the National Museum, giving you the option to explore the museum’s collection on your own should you wish to do so.

Part 2 on Saturday 16 February - THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA

The second part of our journey focuses on the Civic District with its wonderfully preserved colonial architecture. We fondly call this tour Three Men & A Baby because as you learn the story behind the founding of colonial Singapore, you meet the three men — Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd — who nursed the “baby” settlement through its birth and infancy.

Following in Raffles’ footsteps, we’ll discover the importance he attached to city planning and civic society, and the impact that this had on our immigrant communities. We also explore the challenges faced by his co-founder, William

Farquhar, who was literally left holding the baby, but with limited resources to enable him to do this in the way that Raffles envisaged.

As we explore the role of the Singapore River in its rapid growth as a trading post we will delve into how both Raffles’ concept of a free port and Farquhar’s reputation as the “Raja of Melaka” helped to attract traders from the Malay peninsula and the rest of the world. And you’ll learn how these different approaches led to their falling out.

This tour will end at the Asian Civilisations Museum with the oppotunity to visit its new Raffles exhibition on your own.

Part 3 on Saturday 23 February - THE DOCTOR, THE SULTAN & THE SCRIBE

As we walk the streets of the historic neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, discover the stories of its Kota Raja — the royal compound which Raffles had designated for the newly installed Sultan Hussain. See first hand how the area developed from a fishing village with help from Indian convict labour.

You’ll also visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore that contains royal tombs as well as those of other Muslim communities. Learn how and why our second resident governor, Dr. John Crawfurd, punished the Sultan by building Victoria Street through his grounds.

Find out about the Sultan’s contemporary, the Temenggong, aka the Prince of Pirates, and Munshi Abdullah, the father of Malay literature and Malay teacher to Raffles and other early European settlers. Learn how this area became an early printing hub, with the locals having learnt printing technology from the missionaries.

Discover how Crawfurd ditched some of the Raffles’ more Utopian plans to implement a more pragmatic approach to the settlement, including the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, which effectively bought out both the Sultan and Temenggong and diminished their influence.

Visiting both the Sultan Mosque and the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, we’ll explore the importance of the Muslim faith and how Singapore became a centre for Haj pilgrims in the region to prepare for their journeys to Mecca.

This tour ends at the Malay Heritage Centre, the former Istana, or palace, of the Sultan.

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Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 1 FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 1 FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

PART 1: FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES
Our journey first leads to Fort Canning Hill — an extensive and fascinating repository of Singapore’s unique history. The seat of power for centuries, it’s been instrumental in the island’s management and defences as reflected in its many names. Thirteenth-century Sumatran kings chose this hill overlooking a bustling river port as the site for their palaces, and the area demanded such exclusivity that it was known as Forbidden Hill. The legends of the Sejarah Melayu (the Malay Annals) charmed Stamford Raffles, who built his residence here to enjoy the beautiful views and cooler breezes. He also set up our first botanic gardens on Fort Canning to experiment with different plants and we can still see its legacy in the Spice Garden that thrives in today’s Singapore Botanic Gardens on Cluny Road.

Together we’ll explore both its pre-colonial and colonial history, plus its military heritage as both a fort and later a bunker HQ. We’ll also wander among the tombstones of the former Christian cemetery to hear the stories of our early pioneers.

This tour ends at the National Museum, giving you the option to explore the museum’s collection on your own should you wish to do so.

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Tuesdays 3 Tour Package: Bicentennial Special Tours Part 1, 2 & 3
Feb
12
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesdays 3 Tour Package: Bicentennial Special Tours Part 1, 2 & 3

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Price: $200 / ticket

Package for 3 Tours : Tues 12, Tues 19 & Tues 26 February

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

Part 1 on Tuesday 12 February - FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES
Our journey first leads to Fort Canning Hill — an extensive and fascinating repository of Singapore’s unique history. The seat of power for centuries, it’s been instrumental in the island’s management and defences as reflected in its many names. Thirteenth-century Sumatran kings choose this hill overlooking a bustling river port as the site for their palaces, and the area demanded such exclusivity that it was known as Forbidden Hill. The legends of the Sejarah Melayu (the Malay Annals) charmed Stamford Raffles, who built his residence here to enjoy the beautiful views and cooler breezes. He also set up our first botanic gardens on Fort Canning to experiment with different plants and we can still see its legacy in the Spice Garden that thrives in today’s Singapore Botanic Gardens on Cluny Road.

Together we’ll explore both its pre-colonial and colonial history, plus its military heritage as both a fort and later a bunker HQ. We’ll also wander among the tombstones of the former Christian cemetery to hear the stories of our early pioneers.

This tour ends at the National Museum, giving you the option to explore the museum’s collection on your own should you wish to do so.

Part 2 on Tuesday 19 February - THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA
The second part of our journey focuses on the Civic District with its wonderfully preserved colonial architecture. We fondly call this tour Three Men & A Baby because as you learn the story behind the founding of colonial Singapore, you meet the three men — Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd — who nursed the “baby” settlement through its birth and infancy.

Following in Raffles’ footsteps, we’ll discover the importance he attached to city planning and civic society, and the impact that this had on our immigrant communities. We also explore the challenges faced by his co-founder, William

Farquhar, who was literally left holding the baby, but with limited resources to enable him to do this in the way that Raffles envisaged.

As we explore the role of the Singapore River in its rapid growth as a trading post we will delve into how both Raffles’ concept of a free port and Farquhar’s reputation as the “Raja of Melaka” helped to attract traders from the Malay peninsula and the rest of the world. And you’ll learn how these different approaches led to their falling out.

This tour will end at the Asian Civilisations Museum with the oppotunity to visit its new Raffles exhibition on your own.

Part 3 on Tuesday 26 February - THE DOCTOR, THE SULTAN & THE SCRIBE
As we walk the streets of the historic neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, discover the stories of its Kota Raja — the royal compound which Raffles had designated for the newly installed Sultan Hussain. See first hand how the area developed from a fishing village with help from Indian convict labour.

You’ll also visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore that contains royal tombs as well as those of other Muslim communities. Learn how and why our second resident governor, Dr. John Crawfurd, punished the Sultan by building Victoria Street through his grounds.

Find out about the Sultan’s contemporary, the Temenggong, aka the Prince of Pirates, and Munshi Abdullah, the father of Malay literature and Malay teacher to Raffles and other early European settlers. Learn how this area became an early printing hub, with the locals having learnt printing technology from the missionaries.

Discover how Crawfurd ditched some of the Raffles’ more Utopian plans to implement a more pragmatic approach to the settlement, including the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, which effectively bought out both the Sultan and Temenggong and diminished their influence.

Visiting both the Sultan Mosque and the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, we’ll explore the importance of the Muslim faith and how Singapore became a centre for Haj pilgrims in the region to prepare for their journeys to Mecca.

This tour ends at the Malay Heritage Centre, the former Istana, or palace, of the Sultan.

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Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 1 FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES
Feb
12
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 1 FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

PART 1: FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES
Our journey first leads to Fort Canning Hill — an extensive and fascinating repository of Singapore’s unique history. The seat of power for centuries, it’s been instrumental in the island’s management and defences as reflected in its many names. Thirteenth-century Sumatran kings chose this hill overlooking a bustling river port as the site for their palaces, and the area demanded such exclusivity that it was known as Forbidden Hill. The legends of the Sejarah Melayu (the Malay Annals) charmed Stamford Raffles, who built his residence here to enjoy the beautiful views and cooler breezes. He also set up our first botanic gardens on Fort Canning to experiment with different plants and we can still see its legacy in the Spice Garden that thrives in today’s Singapore Botanic Gardens on Cluny Road.

Together we’ll explore both its pre-colonial and colonial history, plus its military heritage as both a fort and later a bunker HQ. We’ll also wander among the tombstones of the former Christian cemetery to hear the stories of our early pioneers.

This tour ends at the National Museum, giving you the option to explore the museum’s collection on your own should you wish to do so.

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Black & White Houses Tour
Feb
15
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Bicentennial Special Tours - PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA
Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA
The second part of our journey focuses on the Civic District with its wonderfully preserved colonial architecture. We fondly call this tour Three Men & A Baby because as you learn the story behind the founding of colonial Singapore, you meet the three men — Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd — who nursed the “baby” settlement through its birth and infancy.

Following in Raffles’ footsteps, we’ll discover the importance he attached to city planning and civic society, and the impact that this had on our immigrant communities. We also explore the challenges faced by his co-founder, William

Farquhar, who was literally left holding the baby, but with limited resources to enable him to do this in the way that Raffles envisaged.

As we explore the role of the Singapore River in its rapid growth as a trading post we will delve into how both Raffles’ concept of a free port and Farquhar’s reputation as the “Raja of Melaka” helped to attract traders from the Malay peninsula and the rest of the world. And you’ll learn how these different approaches led to their falling out.

This tour will end at the Asian Civilisations Museum with the oppotunity to visit its new Raffles exhibition on your own.

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Bicentennial Special Tours - PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA
Feb
19
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA
The second part of our journey focuses on the Civic District with its wonderfully preserved colonial architecture. We fondly call this tour Three Men & A Baby because as you learn the story behind the founding of colonial Singapore, you meet the three men — Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd — who nursed the “baby” settlement through its birth and infancy.

Following in Raffles’ footsteps, we’ll discover the importance he attached to city planning and civic society, and the impact that this had on our immigrant communities. We also explore the challenges faced by his co-founder, William

Farquhar, who was literally left holding the baby, but with limited resources to enable him to do this in the way that Raffles envisaged.

As we explore the role of the Singapore River in its rapid growth as a trading post we will delve into how both Raffles’ concept of a free port and Farquhar’s reputation as the “Raja of Melaka” helped to attract traders from the Malay peninsula and the rest of the world. And you’ll learn how these different approaches led to their falling out.

This tour will end at the Asian Civilisations Museum with the oppotunity to visit its new Raffles exhibition on your own.

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Celebrate the Monkey God's birthday in Tiong Bahru
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Celebrate the Monkey God's birthday in Tiong Bahru

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Price S$70 / ticket

Touted as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods by Vogue and "Singapore’s hippest hood" by CNN, Tiong Bahru is seen as one of the most happening parts of town. Everyone loves both its quaint old world charm and its modern "hipster" image. 

We will take a walk around this charming and picturesque neighbourhood to explore both its pre-war and post-war architecture, including one of Singapore's oldest public housing estates, with its row after row of art deco buildings, and learn about the history and stories associated with them.

You will also learn more about Tiong Bahru’s rich heritage from stories of prominent pioneer community leaders to residents who were born in the air raid shelter during World War II, to religion and rituals, culture and food, and more.

The transformation from swamp to swank began in the 1930s, and some of the landmarks from that era still stand today, including the residential blocks and the first Monkey God Temple dedicated to the main character from Chinese literary classic Journey to the West.

A special treat awaits us on this tour as it is the Monkey God’s Birthday, which is celebrated on the 16th day of the First Lunar Month. Be amazed by the sights and sounds around temple ground: streams of devotees, highly ornate offerings and stage performance dedicated to the gods.

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Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" by the Handlebards in a (Black & White) Garden
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" by the Handlebards in a (Black & White) Garden

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Early Bird Prices until February 1st:

Student $45, Adult without wine $67, Adult with wine $77

Standard Prices:

Student $55, Adult without wine $78, Adult with wine $88

We are delighted to welcome back, direct from the UK and as part of their Asian tour, the world's only biking Shakespearean theatre group, the Handlebards!

Join their all-male cast for a hilarious, pared-down, tongue-in-cheek version of “Twelfth Night.” In usual Handlebards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. It's fast, funny and fearless. If you've never seen Shakespeare before there's no better introduction. If you are a “Bard Buff,” you've never seen it done like this .....

All in the bucolic setting of a beautiful Black & White house garden.

Bring your picnic food and blankets (though there will also be seats), drink wine on the spot*, and settle down to enjoy a wonderfully entertaining performance of this much loved play.

Suitable for all ages, there are half-price tickets for students under 18 (no wine, sodas instead for them). There are also reduced-price tickets for non-alcohol-drinking adults.

* Standard adult tickets include 2 glasses of wine (and more can be purchased if desired)

Follow the link below for the Handelbards promotional video:

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Black & White Houses Tour
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe
As we walk the streets of the historic neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, discover the stories of its Kota Raja — the royal compound which Raffles had designated for the newly installed Sultan Hussain. See first hand how the area developed from a fishing village with help from Indian convict labour.

You’ll also visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore that contains royal tombs as well as those of other Muslim communities. Learn how and why our second resident governor, Dr. John Crawfurd, punished the Sultan by building Victoria Street through his grounds.

Find out about the Sultan’s contemporary, the Temenggong, aka the Prince of Pirates, and Munshi Abdullah, the father of Malay literature and Malay teacher to Raffles and other early European settlers. Learn how this area became an early printing hub, with the locals having learnt printing technology from the missionaries.

Discover how Crawfurd ditched some of the Raffles’ more Utopian plans to implement a more pragmatic approach to the settlement, including the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, which effectively bought out both the Sultan and Temenggong and diminished their influence.

Visiting both the Sultan Mosque and the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, we’ll explore the importance of the Muslim faith and how Singapore became a centre for Haj pilgrims in the region to prepare for their journeys to Mecca.

This tour ends at the Malay Heritage Centre, the former Istana, or palace, of the Sultan.

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Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe
Feb
26
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe
As we walk the streets of the historic neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, discover the stories of its Kota Raja — the royal compound which Raffles had designated for the newly installed Sultan Hussain. See first hand how the area developed from a fishing village with help from Indian convict labour.

You’ll also visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore that contains royal tombs as well as those of other Muslim communities. Learn how and why our second resident governor, Dr. John Crawfurd, punished the Sultan by building Victoria Street through his grounds.

Find out about the Sultan’s contemporary, the Temenggong, aka the Prince of Pirates, and Munshi Abdullah, the father of Malay literature and Malay teacher to Raffles and other early European settlers. Learn how this area became an early printing hub, with the locals having learnt printing technology from the missionaries.

Discover how Crawfurd ditched some of the Raffles’ more Utopian plans to implement a more pragmatic approach to the settlement, including the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, which effectively bought out both the Sultan and Temenggong and diminished their influence.

Visiting both the Sultan Mosque and the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, we’ll explore the importance of the Muslim faith and how Singapore became a centre for Haj pilgrims in the region to prepare for their journeys to Mecca.

This tour ends at the Malay Heritage Centre, the former Istana, or palace, of the Sultan.

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200 Years of Architecture: From Neo-Palladian to Futuristic, the Development of Architecture in Singapore
Feb
27
9:00 AM09:00

200 Years of Architecture: From Neo-Palladian to Futuristic, the Development of Architecture in Singapore

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Price $90 / ticket

Singapore is a feast of architectural styles and heritage, from classic European influences to ultra modern designs inspired by great minds in Asia and the Middle East.

Starting at the Civic District, we explore the legacy of our first architect, Irishman George Coleman, who designed much of the infrastructure of Singapore in the early 19th century, as well gems such as the Armenian Church and our oldest building, the Arts House. 

We then move on to later in that century to look at the work of colonial engineers such as Major McNair and John Bennett, before heading into the early 20th century to meet R. A. J. Bidwell, the star of the firm Swan & Maclaren. Together they left an indelible mark on Singapore's heritage. The first half of the 20th century also saw the construction of such buildings as the Victoria Memorial Hall, which was reopened in 2014 after an extensive and sensitive four-year restoration, and the old Supreme Court and City Hall, now adapted for reuse as our National Gallery. 

Next we'll explore a conservation area to see how our popular, practical and beautifully restored shophouses, with their eclectic mix of influences from both East and West, developed from simple structures to extremely elegant architectural masterpieces. This area also includes some Art Deco buildings and we'll discuss the style and impact on our architecture.

And finally we'll end in the Tanjong Pagar area to admire both the Tanjong Pagar Centre development (our tallest building), plus the Oasia Downtown hotel, designed by local innovative architects WOHA, as an example of "skyrise greenery" — the use of plantings to insulate and cool buildngs more naturally. From there we can also view the iconic Pinnacle housing development, the tallest and most developed public housing on offer from the HDB (Housing Development Board).

Throughout this tour we will also discuss how Singapore's architectural development reflects our development as a country.

Please note that the first part of this tour will involve gentle walking; we'll complete the second part of our tour by air-conditioned bus, with stops en route.

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Naturally Singapore Walking Tour: Pulau Ubin's Chek Jawa
Mar
2
8:30 AM08:30

Naturally Singapore Walking Tour: Pulau Ubin's Chek Jawa

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Price: S$70 / Ticket

With its swaying coconut palms, shady trails in overgrown rubber plantations, rustic roads, secluded beaches and flourishing mangroves Pulau Ubin feels like you've stepped back into the Singapore of the 1960s. In fact the slow lane starts as soon as you join the queue for the bumboat at Changi!

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide Ed also guides for NParks and the STB and he’ll point out areas of particular interest, especially wildlife. We will also look at the historical significance of the area.

From "downtown" Ubin, we'll take a van to Check Jawa on the Eastern side of the island, and then walk along its beautiful boardwalks to the Tudor style visitor centre. After an approximately 3 hour walk, we will take refreshments on the island before heading back to town.

The cost of the boat & van tickets are included in the price as well as refreshments. 
The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Appealingly Colourful & Gritty Little India
Mar
5
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Appealingly Colourful & Gritty Little India

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Price: $75 / ticket

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community—Little India. The heritage district associated with vibrant colours, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses. But on this tour, you hear not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse-racing, baby delivering, and more!

Your tour starts from the corner of Rochor and Perak roads where you discover a lesser-known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India. See how old run-down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes and restaurants. Learn about Little India’s different community groups and where they worship, including a visit to the historical and architecturally-marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Move on to Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo and Kerbau roads (names associated with cattle), to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations and businesses, and uncover the significance of each. Take a short break at Tekka Centre to sample local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you’ll see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore—see if you can spot it. A must visit is the ornate and super colourful Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind the South Indian-style of Hinduism and its rituals.

We end at Mustafa Centre, the 24-hour mega-mart, where you can enjoy some retail therapy or just browse through the mind-boggling variety of goods, a reported 300,000 items.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Mar
12
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Price: $75 / ticket

The name “Orchard Road” conjures up visions of gleaming shopping, office and apartment towers, filled with glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and high-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that there’s a rich history lurking around today’s Orchard Road. See the fascinating nooks and crannies that bear testament to its earlier years as an area dominated by plantations, farms, and yes, orchards, plus 19th-century colonial-era homes and buildings that survive today!

Starting at Dhoby Ghaut you’ll learn the origins of its name. As we follow Orchard Rd., you’ll hear stories about nutmeg planters, their sumptuous estates and the consequences of the mysterious “nutmeg” disease. Discover one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled at the foot of Fort Canning. 

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the President of Singapore will remind us of Singapore’s colonial roots. Enjoy a unique opportunity to visit the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion brought back to its former glory and we’ll also catch a glimpse of the home the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lived in for most of his life. 

And finally, be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquillity a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district. 

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a LHOKO message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Meet our Communities: the Jewish history of Singapore
Mar
14
9:00 AM09:00

Meet our Communities: the Jewish history of Singapore

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Price: $70 / ticket

Join us on a wonderful journey to discover the fascinating story and rich heritage of Singapore's Jewish community. Our tour will bring you through some iconic jewish buildings and sites with Jewish connections.  

 The highlights of the tour will include:

  •  2 beautiful synagogues that are seldom seen: the newly restored and sumptuous Chesed-El synagogue in Oxley Rise and the oldest synagogue in South East Asia, the Maghain Abboth in Waterloo Street

  •  the Mahalah old Jewish quarter with its iconic buildings

  •  last but not least, an exclusive visit to the grounds of Eden Hall, an iconic building currently the British High Commissioner’s home but originally designed for Jewish merchant & hotelier Eziekel Manaesseh.

During the tour, you will gain insights into this close-knit community, and learn about the  heartwarming and heartbreaking tales of the local Jewry. You will also get to know several colourful and prominent Jewish characters from the past and learn their contribution to Singapore’s development. 

The tour will be partly by bus and partly walking.

" a beautifully constructed tour examining the Jewish side of Singapore .... thanks to all involved for giving us a great experience. I have no hesitation in recommending this tour to any other travellers"  June 2018

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Swoop In for a dedicated Bird and Animal Watching Tour at Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve
Mar
16
8:00 AM08:00

Swoop In for a dedicated Bird and Animal Watching Tour at Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve

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Prices:

S$65 adult / S$45 child - with Transport from Dempsey Road

S$50 adult / S$30 child - meet directly at Sungei Buloh

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide — a bird expert who guides for NParks and the STB as well as for Jane’s SG Tours — will take our bevy of feather fanatics and tweet seekers through the delightful Sungei Buloh Wetlands in the northwestern reaches of Singapore. Our guide will point out areas and wild creatures of particular interest, including many species of our winged friends. And keep your eyes peeled for tree-climbing crabs, mudskippers and other plants and animals that live in the mangroves.

You will also learn a bit about the historical significance of the area, from the vast rubber plantations that once thrived there to it having been one of the points on which the invading Japanese Imperial Army first made land-fall in WWII.

After a 2.5-hour walk through Sungei Buloh, we’ll go to the nearby — and well known — Bollywood Veggies for refreshments (included in the price) before heading back to town.

Please note you have a choice of meeting us at Dempsey at 8am to drive up to the Reserve , or to meet us there at 8:30am; tickets are priced for these 2 options accordingly. The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk. We will limit the total number of participants to 12 - the current total is larger simply to offer adequate options.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Mar
19
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

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Cost: $75/ticket

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will mPrice: $75eet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism.

You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques. While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a LHOKO message to all registered.

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Black & White Houses Tour
Mar
22
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat
Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

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Price
$75/ticket

Description

Among the various ethnic enclaves, the Peranakans are undoubtedly one of Southeast Asia’s most colourful and distinctive communities. In Singapore, the Peranakans are mainly a mix of the rich cultures resulting from the marriage of early Chinese traders and local Malay and Indian women. Their love of colour, patterns and sheer drama is evidenced in their material culture (for instance, their colourful beading and clothing styles) and in their beliefs as well.

Join us for a walk through one the most distinctive Peranakan enclaves in Singapore. Set on former coconut plantations where attap-roofed kampongs once thrived nearby to seaside bungalows and mansions for the wealthy, Katong and Joo Chiat are an exciting mélange of culture, flavours and architecture. We’ll meet some of the local characters and explore their legacy and we’ll of course focus on the lovely pre-war architecture —namely the rows and rows of colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses adorned with ornate façades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

We will also visit the Chinese temple of Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion; discover an old Anglican church with its closely-knit community; and pop into one of Singapore’s oldest Indian temples — all three a reminder of the area’s multi-ethnic blend.

To top it off, we’ll be sure to make time to sample some local drinks and snacks at one of the few traditional eateries that dot the neighbourhood.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a LHOKO message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Colours of Chinatown
Apr
2
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Colours of Chinatown

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Price S$75 / Ticket

Chinatown Overview: Temples, Shophouses, Food & Secret Societies 

This walk weaves in visits to the diverse houses of worship on South Bridge Road, one of Singapore’s “harmony” streets, and also home to goldsmiths, herbalists and more. We wind our way through the heart of Chinatown to see old shophouses, a former Cantonese opera theatre, a traditional wet market, and the famous Buddha Tooth temple.

Hear the sad tales of Sago Lane and the tough life of Singapore's hard-working coolies. Learn about early Singapore's "underbelly"—its secret societies, houses of ill repute, and opium dens.

After our last stop at the City Gallery—where you see a world-famous diorama of Singapore and learn about our city planning past, present, and future— your guide will drop you off at the ever-popular Maxwell Food Centre for discoveries of the edible variety!  message to all registered. 

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a LHOKO message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Apr
4
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95 / ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Singapore's Tallest and Newest: A Modern Architecture Walk around Marina Bay
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Singapore's Tallest and Newest: A Modern Architecture Walk around Marina Bay

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Price: $60 Adult

Come with us to discover more about Marina Bay's iconic architecture. 

Starting at the Red Dot Design museum, we will explore the area, a walk which offers some impressive views from each side of what is fast becoming one of the worlds most iconic city-scapes, with the historic Fullerton Bay hotel on one side, the Theatres By The Bay on another, the Marina Bay Financial District on the third, with the impressive MBS hotel, shopping and casino complex to complete the square. Not forgetting the lovely Helix bridge, as illustrated in the photo above!

We will discover the identities & ideas of the many architects - both local and international - involved in creating this extraordinary part of Singapore.

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Black & White Houses Tour
Apr
24
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95 / ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Black & White Houses Tour
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95 / ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Black & White Houses Tour
May
24
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95 / ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Black & White Houses Tour
Jun
13
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95 / ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Kampong Glam
Jan
15
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Kampong Glam

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Price: $75/ticket

Explore the eclectic district of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Muslim community, and one of our most authentic neighbourhoods where you can still see and feel 19th-century Singapore. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans and Arabs, as well as Chinese and Indian communities, all of whom left their mark in different and fascinating ways.

 Our route will first take us to Jalan Kubor, one of Singapore’s oldest Muslim cemeteries, dating back to the 1820s. We will visit the old burial grounds of Malay princes and learn about the significance of the “keramat” (shrine). We will also discuss the Malabar Muslim Community, discover one of the oldest surviving local madrasahs (Islamic school), and visit the impressive Masjid Sultan, the most significant and important mosque in Singapore. 

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Istana or Sultan’s Palace), you will delight in the colourful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for local coffee and kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and your guide will share the stories of why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) and part of Beach Road was called Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). We’ll also uncover what made the residents of the Gedung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous.

We will end our tour by exploring a little gem of a mosque, and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has survived despite the redevelopment of the area.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a LHOKO message to all registered. 

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat
Jan
8
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

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Price
$75/ticket

Description

Among the various ethnic enclaves, the Peranakans are undoubtedly one of Southeast Asia’s most colourful and distinctive communities. In Singapore, the Peranakans are mainly a mix of the rich cultures resulting from the marriage of early Chinese traders and local Malay and Indian women. Their love of colour, patterns and sheer drama is evidenced in their material culture (for instance, their colourful beading and clothing styles) and in their beliefs as well.

Join us for a walk through one the most distinctive Peranakan enclaves in Singapore. Set on former coconut plantations where attap-roofed kampongs once thrived nearby to seaside bungalows and mansions for the wealthy, Katong and Joo Chiat are an exciting mélange of culture, flavours and architecture. We’ll meet some of the local characters and explore their legacy and we’ll of course focus on the lovely pre-war architecture —namely the rows and rows of colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses adorned with ornate façades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

We will also visit the Chinese temple of Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion; discover an old Anglican church with its closely-knit community; and pop into one of Singapore’s oldest Indian temples — all three a reminder of the area’s multi-ethnic blend.

To top it off, we’ll be sure to make time to sample some local drinks and snacks at one of the few traditional eateries that dot the neighbourhood.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a LHOKO message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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On the 5th day of Christmas....learn about Little India's Christian community !
Dec
29
9:30 AM09:30

On the 5th day of Christmas....learn about Little India's Christian community !

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Price: $65

In and around Little India, an area more commonly associated with Hindu temples and Indian-Muslim mosques, you find a cluster of Christian churches.

On the fifth day of Christmas, join us on a walk to a few of these churches.

We will start at Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic church located on the edge of Little India. Completed in Gothic style in 1888, the church was originally built to cater to Tamil Catholics.

Next, we head off to an Anglican church built in the 1950s whose congregation then were mostly poor trishaw riders. The origins of the church however dated back to 1911 - in a barber’s shop.

Our last stop will be at a Methodist church which in its earlier years catered mainly to the Straits Chinese (Peranakans). Today, its multi-ethnic worship services includes a Tamil service, a fitting reflection of its location within the hub of Indian community life in Singapore.

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The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Dec
27
9:30 AM09:30

The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Hallelujah Churches at Christmas
Dec
22
9:00 AM09:00

Hallelujah Churches at Christmas

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Date: Saturday 22 December

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the pre Christmas Orchard Road shopping frenzy and join us for a more spiritual experience in some of Singapore’s finest churches and cathedrals.

We will start at the majestic St Andrew’s Cathedral, a vibrant Protestant community with services carried out in 7 languages. Then we will follow in the footsteps of the French Catholic nuns who laid the foundations of the Convent, orphanage and the Chapel of the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), now a busy social hub known as CHIJMES. 

Along Bras Basah Road at the impressive and newly restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, our oldest Roman Catholic church, we will enjoy its Bethlehem and Nativity Scene. We will also find out more about the admirable Father Beurel and La Salle Brothers who also founded nearby St Joseph's Institution. 

We will next admire the beauty of the once dilapidated, now restored to its former glory, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Queen Street, home to Chinese Christians. 

Having visited the Scottish, French, Eurasians and Chinese, we will complete the mosaic of the local Christian community by ending our tour at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, home to our Tamil Christians. 

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Dec
18
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

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Date: Tuesday 18 Dec

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered.

Here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tours:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour
Dec
12
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour

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Date & Time 

Dec 12, 5PM - 7PM

Price

S$50/pax

Description

Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner's residence in Singapore, is a beautiful house at any time of the year but in the run up to Christmas, it becomes positively breathtaking! Come and join us for a guided tour where you will discover its 100 years of history, its architecture & its wonderful stories. Not only will you see the beauty of the house - especially when prepared for a formal occasion - and its artefacts and art, but also meet Mrs Anne Wightman, the current BHC’s wife, who will talk about living in such prestigious surroundings! And of course you will also enjoy some seasonal - British style - cheer; think mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds from this tour will go to a charity of Mrs Wightman's choice. Please note that this will be incredibly popular, so please sign up quickly!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hallelujah Churches at Christmas
Dec
11
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hallelujah Churches at Christmas

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Date: Tuesday 11 December

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the pre Christmas Orchard Road shopping frenzy and join us for a more spiritual experience in some of Singapore’s finest churches and cathedrals.

We will start at the majestic St Andrew’s Cathedral, a vibrant Protestant community with services carried out in 7 languages. Then we will follow in the footsteps of the French Catholic nuns who laid the foundations of the Convent, orphanage and the Chapel of the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), now a busy social hub known as CHIJMES. 

Along Bras Basah Road at the impressive and newly restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, our oldest Roman Catholic church, we will enjoy its Bethlehem and Nativity Scene. We will also find out more about the admirable Father Beurel and La Salle Brothers who also founded nearby St Joseph's Institution. 

We will next admire the beauty of the once dilapidated, now restored to its former glory, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Queen Street, home to Chinese Christians. 

Having visited the Scottish, French, Eurasians and Chinese, we will complete the mosaic of the local Christian community by ending our tour at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, home to our Tamil Christians. 

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 2
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 2

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Session 2 (Dec 8) S$60

Sessions 1 (Nov 17) and 2 (Dec 8) S$100

All you budding Annie Leibovitzes and David Baileys....come and learn more about how to make the most of your photographic opportunities, which are so abundant here in Singapore and the surrounding region. Join us for a "masterclass" with award-winning photographer Tony Anderton.

In the words of Tony himself: "The most rewarding and creative opportunities are right in front of you, things that lie in the everyday, in your personal interests and passions, literally in your backyard. The challenge and the exhilaration of photography is striving to capture the ordinary and the overlooked in a way that brings it to life and makes someone turn and look again. And you do not need state of the art, expensive and often intimidating equipment to make this happen."

So it matters not whether you have a fancy camera or are happy testing out your phone's capabilities!

The classes will take place in the beautiful, and exceedingly photogenic, Emerald Hill area. We'll start with an introductory session (on Nov 17) inside one of its lovely shophouses with Tony, after which you'll be let loose in the surrounding streets to try out the tips he's given you. Then back to base camp to review the preliminary results — with a glass of wine in hand — naturally 🍷📷🍷!! And a full sharing & review will take place at the second class on Dec 8th.

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Tea and Talk with Prize Winning Author Josephine Chia in her Home
Dec
7
3:00 PM15:00

Tea and Talk with Prize Winning Author Josephine Chia in her Home

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Date & Time

7 Dec, 3 - 5pm

Price

$70/pax

Description

Come and visit Singapore Literature Prize Winner Josephine Chia in her cosy HDB flat in Farrer Park.

We'll make ourselves at home and chat with Josephine about her Peranakan heritage and her Kampong childhood. She'll share details and anecdotes on what inspired her to write her wide array of both fiction and non-fiction books.

And Josephine is not only an award-winning author, but an excellent cook as well, and has written cookery books. This cultural afternoon will also have us savouring the opportunity totaste some of her Peranakan delicacies such as curry puffs and mee goreng (spicy fried noodles).

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Emerald Hill Walking Tour
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

Come & discover the history & stories behind one of Singapore's most beautiful enclaves. Situated a stone's throw from Orchard Road, it's like a little oasis of tranquility!

We will take a walk around its streets & visit 2 or 3 homes which will illustrate the way in which some of these lovely old "shophouses", which are mostly around 100 years old, have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

Discover the old railway track, and a little jewel of a Chinese temple, & hear your guide's personal memories of this fantastic conservation area.

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Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour
Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour

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Date & Time 

Dec 6, 5PM - 7PM

Price

S$50/pax

Description

Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner's residence in Singapore, is a beautiful house at any time of the year but in the run up to Christmas, it becomes positively breathtaking! Come and join us for a guided tour where you will discover its 100 years of history, its architecture & its wonderful stories. Not only will you see the beauty of the house - especially when prepared for a formal occasion - and its artefacts and art, but also meet Mrs Anne Wightman, the current BHC’s wife, who will talk about living in such prestigious surroundings! And of course you will also enjoy some seasonal - British style - cheer; think mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds from this tour will go to a charity of Mrs Wightman's choice. Please note that this will be incredibly popular, so please sign up quickly!

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Black & White Houses Tour
Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Dec
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her tour. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

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Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!


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Journey to the West: Haw Par Villa, the Jurong Dragon Kiln & Beyond
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Journey to the West: Haw Par Villa, the Jurong Dragon Kiln & Beyond

Saturday 1 December

Tickets $70 Adult $40 Child

Inspired by the legendary 16th-century tale of a Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to  the “Western Region,” this tour will be an exploration of Singapore’s western parts. Known mainly for its industrial zone and shipyards, Jurong will surprise you with its hills, gardens and national monuments. Learn about its important past and also about its vibrant future.

To honour the roots of the Journey to the West tale, we will start our journey with a visit to Singapore’s most bizarre and unforgettable attraction – Haw Par Villa, formerly known as the Tiger Balm Gardens. A true gem from a lost era, this one-of-its-kind theme park, with more than 1,000 quirky statues and gruesome depictions of the underworld, will introduce you to Chinese mythology and folklore.

Next we will head to Jurong Hill and The Eye in the Sky — the Jurong Hill Lookout Tower which hosted many foreign dignitaries including royalty. Its offers a panoramic view of the entire industrial zone. On the way there we will visit another heritage gem, Jurong Town Hall, a boldly futuristic building and a symbol of Singapore’s industrial push.

Our pilgrimage will continue at Nanyang University. Designed in the Chinese National style, blending both traditional Chinese and modern elements, the former university building is a witness to the history of the Chinese diaspora and education.

Last but not least will be our visit to the Dragon Kiln, one of the last surviving brick-built kilns in Singapore. The firing of this kiln takes place only twice a year and we will be there to witness this now fairly rare occurrence, and to understand and appreciate the disappearing art of wood-firing!

THIS WILL BE A FUN OUTING FOR CHILDREN TOO!

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A Night at the Theatre with SRT — Guards at the Taj
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

A Night at the Theatre with SRT — Guards at the Taj

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Price:
Early birds until Nov 1 - $80/pax
Standard ticket - $90/pax

Description:
The scene is magical. It’s 1648 in Agra, India, as imperial guards and best friends Humayun and Babur keep watch as the final touches are put to the mighty Taj Mahal, a white marble bejeweled tomb built by a bereft emperor for his beloved favourite wife. The emperor has decreed that no one, except the masons, labourers and slaves who exist within those walls, shall turn to look at the building until it is complete. Now, as the building nears completion and the first light catches on the pure white domes behind them, the temptation to steal a glance at the most beautiful monument the world has ever seen grows stronger. But beauty has a price and Humayun and Babur are about to learn its true cost.

Guards at the Taj takes as its starting point an enduring legend and prompts contemporary audiences to revisit questions about art and privilege. The play explores beauty and power, trust and betrayal, humor and tragedy — the full spectrum of the human condition.

The play premiered at the Atlantic Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 2015 and is the recipient of both the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play (2016).

EXCLUSIVE for Jane’s Insiders:  Our special event includes not only the performance but also a short pre-show talk on this history of the Taj Mahal by lawyer turned historian Abha Kaul. This will be accompanied by a glass (or 2!) of wine and Indian munchies in a private reception area. Plus post show we'll enjoy Indian coffee and sweets, followed by a meet the cast. Come and connect with Jane and friends! 

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam
Nov
27
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam

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Price: $70

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered. 

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Marina Bay Feng Shui Talk and Walk
Nov
23
9:30 AM09:30

Marina Bay Feng Shui Talk and Walk

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Friday 23 November

$60 pax

With Singapore smack dab in the heart of Southeast Asia, it is no surprise to find a heavy influence of feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of creating harmony and balance. 

Is it because of its good feng shui that Singapore is one of the most prosperous cities in Southeast Asia? Why is the Marina Bay area so vibrant and such an attraction to visitors and locals? Are there feng shui elements to be uncovered in the many iconic landmarks that shape her skyline? Are there simple feng shui ideas that can be applied to each of us at the personal level? 

Sit down with Lucy Richardson from Feng Shui Focus who will first explain the basics of feng shui, followed by interesting feng shui facts about some of the iconic landmark buildings in the Marina Bay area. Lucy will also share take-away ideas on how to apply feng shui at home. 

After 45-60 minutes, it’s time to go out on our feng shui tour. Armed with the knowledge Lucy has given you, follow your guide to discover Marina Bay with your new feng shui eyes and have fun spotting those feng shui features!

May you embrace the auspicious qi as we end the tour!

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Dive into Historic Katong to Soak Up the Backstory on its Beach Bungalows, Pools, Churches & Cuisine. With an optional Eurasian style Lunch...
Nov
22
9:00 AM09:00

Dive into Historic Katong to Soak Up the Backstory on its Beach Bungalows, Pools, Churches & Cuisine. With an optional Eurasian style Lunch...

Ticket price:

$60 without lunch

$80 with lunch

Follow us to historic Katong near Singapore's East Coast, which has long been one of the most popular places for Eurasians to settle in Singapore. Our tour will start with a walk around the area to explore a number of historically and culturally significant places. 

We'll stroll along the neighbourhood's quaint side streets lined with old seaside bungalows that once brushed up against Singapore's original shoreline; some raised on stilts to stave off flooding and the wild critters that once lurked in great number. Learn about Katong's once-segregated swimming clubs that were built along the beach. We'll also visit the Parkway Hospital where its Eurasian founder Dr. Paglar practiced, the Church of the Holy Family where Eurasian families have worshiped, and St. Patrick's School where many Eurasian children have been educated.

We will visit Katong Park and the historic Goodman Arts Centre for a pottery demo. Plus a delightful artist's studio in the equally delightful Kuo Chuan Avenue (see photo above) to admire art & textiles as well as partake of "mid tour" refreshments.

We will finish our walk at the Eurasian Association for a conversation with some local residents, followed by an optional lunch at their restaurant Quentin's, which serves authentic (and delicious!) Eurasian fare.

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A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 1
Nov
17
5:00 PM17:00

A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 1

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Session 1 (Nov 17) S$60

Sessions 1 (Nov 17) and 2 (Dec 8) S$100

All you budding Annie Leibovitzes and David Baileys....come and learn more about how to make the most of your photographic opportunities, which are so abundant here in Singapore and the surrounding region. Join us for a "masterclass" with award-winning photographer Tony Anderton.

In the words of Tony himself: "The most rewarding and creative opportunities are right in front of you, things that lie in the everyday, in your personal interests and passions, literally in your backyard. The challenge and the exhilaration of photography is striving to capture the ordinary and the overlooked in a way that brings it to life and makes someone turn and look again. And you do not need state of the art, expensive and often intimidating equipment to make this happen."

So it matters not whether you have a fancy camera or are happy testing out your phone's capabilities!

The class will take place in the beautiful, and exceedingly photogenic, Emerald Hill area. We'll start with an introductory session inside one of its lovely shophouses with Tony, after which you'll be let loose in the surrounding streets to try out the tips he's given you. Then back to base camp to review the results — with a glass of wine in hand — naturally 🍷📷🍷!!

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Bukit Brown Walk — Exploring our Sikh Heritage
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Bukit Brown Walk — Exploring our Sikh Heritage

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Date & Time 17 Nov 9am - 12.30pm

Price $60/pax

Join us for a walk around the iconic Bukit Brown cemetery, the largest Chinese cemetery outside of China, with Claire Leow, co-founder of All Things Bukit Brown. This will be a wonderful way to not only explore this lovely area which is not only a cemetery, but also a heritage park with a lush forest setting.

There we will learn about Singapore's history & both Chinese culture and traditions as well as how they merge with other cultural influences, such as the lovely Peranakan tiles on many of the graves as well as the Sikh tomb guardians.

We will particularly focus on Sikhism in Singapore which has its roots in the military and policing forces of the British Empire, with the earliest Sikh arriving in 1849. Forever associated with protection, they were the chosen guardians of several prominent Chinese people for their Bukit Brown tombs, as shown in the photo above.

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau Arrive! Come & Partake in our Heritage Shophouse Soiree
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Arrive! Come & Partake in our Heritage Shophouse Soiree

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Early Bird: $80 (Until 16 October)

Standard Price: $90

Description

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music, and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 am, just weeks after the grapes have been harvested. Join us for an exclusive and elegant evening of French music, wine, and cheese at a lovely heritage shophouse in the beautiful Blair Road conservation area. The residents of this delightful home have kindly invited us in to enjoy its enchanting ambience and Jane will be on hand to talk about the history and architecture of the house and the area. 

As a special treat Geraldine Bablot of Ewineasia is sharing three Beaujolais vintages, Le Nouveau 2018 from Georges Duboeuf, Domaine Du Vissoux Beaujolais Coeur de Vendanges 2017, and Domaine Du Vissoux Saint Amour 2017. Geraldine will give a brief talk about the history and tradition of the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Day, which is now celebrated worldwide. 

Be among the first to enjoy this young, fun vintage alongside divine French cheeses, whilst listening to the delightful chanteuse Nathalie Ribette. 

Three glasses of wine are included in your ticket. Additional bottles will be available for purchase, should you wish to sample a bit more. We’re also showcasing a wonderful selection of French cheeses to accompany du vin!

We invite event attendees to dress to impress for this très chic evening.

Vive la France et vive le Beaujolais Nouveau!

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Finding Maria — The Maria Hertogh History & Literary Walk
Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00

Finding Maria — The Maria Hertogh History & Literary Walk

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Date: Wednesday 14 November

Time: 10am - 1pm

Price: $50

As part of this year's Singapore Writers Festival we bring you a unique opportunity to retrace the steps of literary heroes from the books of Dawn Farnham, a very international lady who although now living in Australia, spent 12 happy years in Singapore, working as a Friends of the Museums volunteer docent, guiding in ACM and the Peranakan Museum. Finding Maria is a study of the brutality of war and Singapore’s post-war years brought to vivid life by the immaculate research Dawn is known for.

This fictional story (previously published under the title A Crowd of Twisted Things) is based on the turbulent times of 1950s, when Singapore went through a series of racial and religious riots. Tensions had been simmering for months over the custody battle for wartime waif Maria Hertogh between her Malay-Muslim foster mother and her Dutch-Catholic biological parents & this case brought things to a violent and divisive end.

Our tour will start at the Harmony in Diversity Gallery describing the journey of Singapore’s unique identity. and where we will find out more about the Maria Hertogh case. We'll then hop on the MRT to explore the type of place where Maria was kept during the court hearings (& where Dawn's character Joseph was housed as an orphan), before finishing our tour at the National Gallery (the former Supreme Court) where the final dramatic events took place. Dawn will meet us there for a discussion and book signing.

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Black & White Houses Tour
Nov
14
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Date: Tuesday 13 November

Time: 9am - 12:30pm

Price: $70

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today, many having been leveled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation.

Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown.

We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of the nearby modern “The Pinnacle” complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road.

Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. From Blair Road, we'll head over to Spottiswoode Park Road, then Everton Road — crossing over to have a look at Everton Park, an old HDB estate.

We'll return via Keong Saik Road to visit Hindu Sri Layan Vinayagar Temple and Chinese Cundhi Gong Temple.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot.

We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small. The quality, however, will be very high.

And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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World War II: Part 2, The Occupation
Nov
10
8:45 AM08:45

World War II: Part 2, The Occupation

The Japanese occupation of Singapore had a major impact on both the psyche and the history of Singapore; things would literally never be the same.

Learn about the 3-and-a-half years that Singapore was Syonan-To, and the reality and repercussions of that occupation, including the Sook Ching massacres. With our experienced guide, we will visit WWII sites, including the Sook Ching Memorial site, Changi beach, Changi Chapel & Museum, and the old Ford Factory.

Hear personal recollections of the impact of the war years on his family, his community and the country as a whole. The tour will include refreshments in Changi village or museum.

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Green Singapore Walking Tour: Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh
Nov
10
8:00 AM08:00

Green Singapore Walking Tour: Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh

Swoop in and join us for the very first of our dedicated migratory bird-watching tours. 

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide — a bird expert who guides for NParks and the STB as well as for ourselves  — will take our bevy of feather fanatics and tweet seekers through the delightful Sungei Buloh Wetlands. When our guide points out areas of particular interest, including many species of our winged friends, you'll be one happy flappy birder. We will also look at the historical significance of the area, including some significant WWII sites.

After a 2.5-hour walk, we will go to the nearby — and well known — Bollywood Veggies for refreshments (included in the price) before heading back to town.

Please note you have a choice of meeting us at Dempsey at 8am to drive up to the Reserve, or to meet us there at 8:30am; tickets are priced for these 2 options accordingly ($50 or $60 per person). The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk.

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A Very Special Black & Wine & Music Evening with Violin Virtuoso Ayke Agus
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

A Very Special Black & Wine & Music Evening with Violin Virtuoso Ayke Agus

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Date: Friday 9 November

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Price:
Early bird (book by October 19) - $110
Standard - $120

Please join us for another very special evening in one of Singapore's iconic "Black & White" houses in Alexandra Park (the full address will be sent to those who register a few days in advance).

Hosted by the residents of this beautiful home, you will learn its history with Jane, who will also lead you on tours of the house.

We are delighted that the evening will culminate in a concert by world renowned classical violinist Ayke Agus who is passing through Singapore from her home in the USA .

Through the Grapevine will be providing the all important wine - 2 glasses are included with your ticket, more will be available to purchase. Cheese & canapes will also be served.

Please register asap as this one will sell out! 

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Singapore's Tallest, Greenest, and Newest: A Modern Architecture Walk around Bugis
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Singapore's Tallest, Greenest, and Newest: A Modern Architecture Walk around Bugis

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An area named after the Bugis seafarers whose trading activities connected Singapore with the archipelago, and later home to the Hainanese and Japanese communities, Bugis also gained notoriety for its vibrant night life.

Today, the area is not only characterised by an eclectic mix of the old and the new, including bustling mixed use emporia offering entertainment, shopping, eating opportunities, a wide range of hotel and office spaces, but also some of Singapore's most interesting (post-)modern buildings: Ken Yeang's eco-friendly National Library, WOHA's luminescent Bugis+, Ole Scheeren's DUO, the dense art deco style Parkview Square, and I.M. Pei's trapezoidal The Gateway.

We will explore some of the most interesting passageways and plazas, innovative features such as climatized 'indoor streets', the imaginative shape of many buildings, many of which come in two blocks, and how the past is kept alive through memory markers and replicas.

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